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Alien Planet (2005)

The CGI or computer animated drama/documentary takes place on Darwin IV, a planet 6.5 light years from earth, with 2 suns and 60% of Earth's gravity. Having identified Darwin as a world ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Wayne D. Barlowe ... Himself
Curtis Clark ... Himself
James Garvin ... Himself
Jamie Hanes ... Himself (as Jamie Haines)
... Himself
Jack Horner ... Himself
Joan Horvath ... Herself
... Himself
James Kirkland ... Himself
... Himself
... Narrator
Victoria Meadows ... Herself
David Moriarty ... Himself
Randy Pollock ... Himself
J. Craig Venter ... Himself
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The CGI or computer animated drama/documentary takes place on Darwin IV, a planet 6.5 light years from earth, with 2 suns and 60% of Earth's gravity. Having identified Darwin as a world that could support life, Earth sends a pilot mission consisting of the Mothership Von Braun and three probes: Balboa, Da Vinci, and Newton. This robotic fleet is responsible for finding and assessing any life forms on Darwin IV. Initially, the expectation is to find microscopic life, but the probes soon find themselves in the middle of a developed ecosystem teeming with diversity of life of all sizes. The drama on Darwin IV is motivated by real science missions, such as the NASA Origins Program and the NASA / JPL Planet-Finder Mission, as well as the European Space Agency's Darwin Project. "Alien Planet " is a cosmic expedition along side Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Jack Horner, Craig Venter, and George Lucas, and NASA's Chief Scientist Jim Garvin. No longer just the domain of science fiction, "Alien... Written by Anonymous

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The program was based on the work of science fiction writer and illustrator Wayne D. Barlowe, specifically the alien lifeforms presented in his 1990 speculative fiction book "Expedition: Being an Account in Words and Artwork of the 2358 A.D. Voyage to Darwin IV". The main difference is that the book is presented from the writer's point of view, as if he were an explorer on an alien planet, whereas this documentary focuses on robotic exploration probes. See more »

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Aliens are awesome
25 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

I'm not very much into animated films (In fact, I hated most animated films) or documentaries, but I love anything related with aliens, and that's why I liked this movie so much. This documentary was pretty interesting, from beginning to end. The CGI was pretty impressive, it wasn't so good as the incredible CGI used by James Cameron, but it was pretty good anyway.

This was one of the best documentaries that I've seen in the recent years. I wish there were more documentaries like this (Yeah, I know that there are some series made with the same style of this movie, like "Walking with Dinosaurs" or "The Future is Wild", but "Alien Planet" was better than those series)

However, it is an awesome movie, with some awesome CGI and about awesome aliens. A combination like that just cannot fail.


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